Spice World

4.6
46 reviews
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Spice World is a hot pot restaurant in downtown Flushing specializing in Sichuan-style hot pot. It currently has over 600 locations globally, including Sydney and Singapore. The one in Flushing is the 613rd store. Spice World originated in Chengdu, Sichuan, a hometown for the most authentic hot pot. Spice World has already earned its reputation in Chengdu since its establishment. The visit from David Cameron (Former Prim Minister of the Great Britain) and Orlando Bloom (English Actor) just made the Spice World a even hotter topic in social media. The name of Mr. Cameron's favorite dish "Pork Meatball with Cilantro" was changed to "Prime Minister's Favorite Meatball" and became the signature dish.
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is a fancy hot pot restaurant, which seems a bit odd to say. The decor is fantastic, and despite everything being wooden, the noise level is not bad. I was still able to hear somebody at a normal volume across from me.

This hot pot is the best I've ever had. Yes, you pay for the sauce bar. Was it worth it? Yes. I'm not used to paying for the sauce bar, but the quality was noticeable. None of the sauces were diluted, and everything was delicious. The presentation of the food was great and made everything even more appetizing. They provide you with some small cans of sesame oil which you pour into a small bowl of herbs and spices. It's supposed to help coat your stomach and protect you from the spice. I absolutely needed it.

The level 1 spicy was extremely spicy, but thoroughly enjoyed! The mushroom broth was also terrific. I look forward to trying each broth and discovering what my favorites are.

The service is somewhat lacking - I think they might be slightly understaffed. Our waitress only spoke Mandarin which I had some difficulty understanding. In the end I gave up trying to understand what she was talking about - I think it had something to do with having our order memorized for the next time we go? For an incredibly spicy broth, I needed a lot of water. Unfortunately, they don't leave a pitcher at your table. I had to try flagging down different people for water. I think it would have helped if the drinks we ordered had come in the beginning, but the drinks were forgotten about and I didn't realize we didn't get them until almost the end of our meal.

Ultimately, I still highly suggest this as a place to go. Maybe to show off NYC and hot pot to friends who visit or special occasions since it's still very pricey.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

it was little noisy but clean place and good food

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Waited for a long time, service is so so, but food is pretty good.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, amazing food!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Servers aren’t used to customers who aren’t speaking Chinese. However, they were very helpful and the food is legit and marvelous!! So good.

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N
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spice World is decored in traditional Chengdu style courtyard, despite being on second floor of a Chinatown mall. Many tables with wooden benches are laid down in a grid, with a hot pot sitting in the middle. Diners have choices of multiple hot pot base. We chose the two flavor divided pot with one hot and one non-spicy. Server is very clear and friendly in her delivery of service and food items. Pots, soup base, and ordered small plates of food stuff arrive fresh and on time. Overall a wonderful experience and going back in a week

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible and staff needs to be replaced. Restaurant was visually appealing and the food was excellent. This reminds me of that old saying... that you pay your staff to get rid of your customers. I dont think I would eat at this place again as they forgot our drinks. We kept asking over and over again and all they could say was it’s coming, but never did. Then we asked for forks, 3 times as some of my guests need a fork. Finally I got forks.... plastic forks. How embarrassing that they dont have silverware. I guess you live and learn.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

I omitted after having their pig brains which I enjoyed eating before as a Chinese. This was the only thing that I ate but my friends didn’t. We reported this issue to the staff but they told me that I should find out if my body could accept pig brains instead of apology or investigation. Definitely gonna report it.

I would recommend people go to other hotpot spots like tang hotpot or liuyishou, where food and services are way better.

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DT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Waiters bad at communicating orders. We checked a lot of boxes in the menu but they either circled or crossed some of the orders without notifying us whether it was cancelled or not. Also some was not delivered but never gave explanation for why until asked. Food was brought to table without bribing attention to it so we forgot some of the covered dishes since they were covered and in the corner of the table, never knew it was delivered.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hotpot in town.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

thanks to opentable otherwise the waiting time is horrible =)

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I
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so delicious and is almost the same as the that in China.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best spicy hotpot in New York. Black tofu is great. I really like beef tripes.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Very slow service. For the guests waiting outside. Please guide them in one area. They all standing at the entrance and block the people who are in and out.

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JQ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 2

The food is great here. But the reason I rate this low is about their reservation system. Although we made a reservation at 8pm. We waited an hour and half for our table. When you asked the check-in person, they just told us the 7:30 pm reservations were not seated yet. Excuse me? Don’t trust their reservation, you still need to wait a long time...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Even with the reservation there is still a wait. We waited for one hour to get our table.

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to opentable we didnt hev to wait a minute dispite a long waiting line. Food was great, best authentic sichuan hot pot in New york.

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PJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food
Good for date
Kine of expensive
Very very spicy

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y
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter kept asking us to eat faster and shut down the power to drive us away.
The food is expensive and the amount is poor.
Bad place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Beware of the spicy broth...even the lightest spice is wayyyy spicy, unless they gave us the wrong one... wowza!!!

Interesting concept, good ambiance and delicious!

If it’s your first time there, also be aware of the self serve sauce bar that includes fruits. Otherwise, they’ll add it to your tab and you won’t know what it is. We didn’t use it, so we asked for it to be removed from the check.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great and hot pot dining was a whole new experience for us. It was great!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and services!! Top notch

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OL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Price is high without membership. Food is good! Drink is good as well.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great there, especially the sauce: Sesame sauce! It has the best sauce for hot pots in New York City.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels like having hot pot in chongqing. Love it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very traditional Chinese decoration, beautiful. The food was tasty, not very spicy though(my friend and I ordered the most spicy pot). Great place.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The service is alright.

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G
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The place is really good, food is tasty, but a bit pricey though, but hey, it is for a Tinder Date. What you get out of it is worth the price.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The hot pot is a special one with the bear shape beef tallow and the food is fine. But the waitress not pay so much attention to our request, especially when it comes to the free offer.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite hot pot in nyc

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food here

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A
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

No comment no comment no comment.will not go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love these food

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m
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

That was so good and I really like it very much for sure

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hoo,I am really happy these is a traditional and authentic sichuan hotpot restaurant in downtown flushing. Well you know it is a great taste for chinese guy. If most people wanna try different hotpot style, it is a good choice. I highly recommend this restaurant and by the way you guys can choose how spicy you like even none spicy. Okay no more words just try it

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quite good

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was OKAY, we ordered way too much for two of us. It might be too spicy for most people. The air vent made the restaurant freezing! Even the hot pot could not warm me up. After we paid our bill, one of the waitress kept asking me to sign my check, which made me so uncomfortable!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

This is not my first time. I like sichuan hotpot,It's very authentic. I would recommend my friends.It's even better if more spicy.
The first choice to have dinner with friends, especially in winter.
😀😀😀😀😀

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hotpot is really good!

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty good!Lots of fun

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